Professor Steele’s lab is also involved in collaborative research related to nutrition and to the importance of oral hygiene in people who are at risk for dysphagia in long-term care settings.
This work, which is known as M3 (Making the Most of Mealtimes) is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and involves a large collaborating team lead by Dr. Heather Keller (University of Waterloo).
Collaborators in this venture include:
- Sensory scientist Lisa Duizer (University of Guelph)
- Nursing scientists Susan Slaughter (University of Alberta), Christina Lengyel (University of Manitoba) and nutrition scientist Natalie Carrier (Moncton, New Brunswick).
- A former doctoral student in the lab, Minn Yoon (University of Alberta), whose contribution will explore oral hygiene in long-term care, with a specific interest in the co-occurrence of poor oral care and dysphagia. Colonization of the mouth with bacteria is known to be a risk for developing aspiration pneumonia. During the course of her Ph.D. studies, Minn Yoon was involved in the development of the RNAO’s best practice guidelines regarding oral care by nurses.